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    bullit shock choice

    I have one of the last bullit 1s. it came with a progressive 5th element coil shock. unfortunately, the shock really doens't want to work anymore and nobody seems to want to fix it. i see that the new bullits come with a dhx air. so, here's my question. being a 160 lbs xc geek, who built this bike to ride to the bar and occasionally do some resort type riding, would i be better off with the dhx air over the coil?
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    Well, I'm usually slamming the DHX Air for its lack of mid-stroke support on bikes that require relatively higher spring rates...like most linkage bikes. I hated the DHXA on my Nomad. That said, I have one on my '03 Bullit, and it works darned well. The Bullit is by comparison a relatively low spring rate design, so apparently that's why the DHXA works on the Bullit. You're a good 25lbs. lighter than me, so I think it would work for you. In fact I think the Bullit loses some small and mid-stroke compliance with many of the other shocks available. I had two different length DHX coil models on my Bullit at different times, and I sold both because there they were a little harsh in mid-travel for my taste. A PUSH mod would have rectified that, I think, but they weren't on the radar at that time.
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    Evolver Shock on Bullit

    I have been exploring options for the back of my bullit also. I have a Heckler with a 4-way air on the back, and that made the biggest improvement to that bike. Since I am a really big Manitou fan, I am planning on putting their new Evolver ISX-4 on the bike in early July. Blue Sky Cycles has some coming in, and I will be getting one. The SPV will give it the platform to pedal and the swingers have been more reliable for me than the Fox shox.

    I was re-building my Bullit last night until 0100. Using TNC's as a model, I put a wide array of lighter components on it, and just riding around my neighborhood last night, it was a completely new bike. I will post a picture tonight of the Bullit after a partial weight loss program. The front fork and rear shock are the last two things to go, I am thinking a Lyric coil, maybe a totem. I would like the front fork to be under 6 lbs.

    Goal is 33 lbs flat....

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    thanks for the input. any idea what size the mounting hardware is for the frame? i've been told that the correct shock size is 8.5" x 2.5". will the hardware out of the progressive work in the fox?

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    packfill, the eyelet hardware will swap perfectly between those two shocks.

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    JCH, that ISX-4 should work out well IMO. I have a 4-Way Air on my older '99 Bullit, and it works great. I believe the ISX-4 is supposed to be an improvement over the older shock.

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    Yeah, I hope it is nice, but with their factory moving and all, it looks like production may be delayed.

    I just take it one day at a time, using a simple 12 step plan. Deep in my heart I know I can make it until I can get the new rear air shock.

    Front fork, that 2008 Fox 36 Van with the QR 20mm front looks pretty sweet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by packfill
    I have one of the last bullit 1s. it came with a progressive 5th element coil shock. unfortunately, the shock really doens't want to work anymore and nobody seems to want to fix it. i see that the new bullits come with a dhx air. so, here's my question. being a 160 lbs xc geek, who built this bike to ride to the bar and occasionally do some resort type riding, would i be better off with the dhx air over the coil?
    Hey if you want another 5th element coil i have a brand new one that i took off my bullit.I will sell it to you for $100 shipped.

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    same problem . . . mines an '03 is i worh sending it back to progressive , or just upgrade? any suggestions? ( 210 lb rider on a med frame)

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    Actually the 5th E coil was an excellent shock and especially so for the Bullit.

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    I have a perfectly funtioning 5th element 8.5 x 2.5" for $115 with 325# or 425# spring. $100

    The only reason i bought a Manitiou Swinger4-way is because i got a good deal on one to try it out.It works like the 5th.. I was going to use the 5th for a backup shock for DH racing,but i'm not going to race,so i'll just sell it.

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    Evolver

    My evolver is on order through a LBS (no where online had it). As soon as arrives I will post a picture of my reborn Bullit.

    Even with the 5th element on the back, the new light build feels great. I put on the Havoc wheelset and landed a 5 footer transition with confidence.

    The fork is still my old Manitou Slider Plus.... it will have to stay until I can save up the G for a Totem Solo-air.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by motomack86
    Hey if you want another 5th element coil i have a brand new one that i took off my bullit.I will sell it to you for $100 shipped.

    hey moto,

    sill have the shock?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by packfill
    hey moto,

    sill have the shock?

    thanks
    Sold the shock awhile back.

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